Caravan Music Club, East Bentleigh, Sunday 5th January, 2020 "Aaron was a friend of mine. He lived out in the country far away from the city lights. Out among the gentle pines." (Kerryn Tolhurst) The band opened in fine fashion with Kerryn's melodic Aaron from The Dingoes self titled debut album of 1973. Terry Dean … Continue reading DINGORADIO-Songs of Kerryn Tolhurst
6th January, 2020Hey there Raffers & Riffers,Over a year ago I published an article about a young Australian lad (or American if you prefer), who was a big hit down under when he and his parents toured as part of the Tivoli circuit in 1953. Gene Jimae, although born in Detroit in 1943, was of … Continue reading Gene Genius Returns
Happy New Year Raffers, On the first of each month for twenty twenty we will search the old Australian newspapers for mouth organ advertisements and place them under the banner of Now A Word From Our Sponsors (NAWFOS). #1 is a couple of Crackajack promotions. Enjoy (Fair Dinkum) SD PS: Kerryn Tolhurst has his second gig … Continue reading Now A Word From Our Sponsors (NAWFOS) #1-Dinkum Crackajack
G'Day Raffers, First rate mouth organs for sixpenny were sold in Australia as early as 1904 by Allan & Co under the Australian slang terms for first-rate, Boshter and Bonzer. (With permission City of Sydney Archives) In 1908 Chapman's of 634 George Street Sydney sold the Bosker in two models the Vamper for 1/6 and … Continue reading Bosker! Bonzer! Boshter!
A quick question Riff Raffers. What do we have two of, we can do without one, the right is larger than the left, they have lobes and they act like bellows? If you said lungs your right on the money. This remarkable sponge-like organ situated in the thoracic (chest) cavity functions closely with the myocardium … Continue reading Dr. Bellows
Seasons greetings Riff Raffers. Now for the final something completely different with an added teaser for what's planned in 2020. Hopefully on the twenty fifth you'll have some Christmas Puddin' with Nanna's extra slug of brandy and find a few sixpences to buy a mouth organ. Ch SD PS: Had a great night at Benoit's … Continue reading No Pud!-NFSCD #12
New music Riff Raffers. Benoit has his debut album Blue Bird pressed and ready for release. This local singer songwriter from The Basin is establishing himself as a new force in the folk scene here in the Dandenongs and beyond. His lyrical imagery encapsulates the brokenness of humankind, but also the beauty of creation. The … Continue reading Musical Fractals
G'Day Riff Raffers, It's an Australian hop, the Kangaroo hop, but it's also the German hop. Earlier this year I found The Kangaroo mouth organ in of all places Riga, Latvia. I had believed in the beginning that this was manufactured by Seydel for Albert's here down under. In Ray Grieve's magnificent resource book Boomerangs … Continue reading Kangaroo Hop (The Swiss Connection)
Happy new month Riff Raffers. Our penultimate NFSCD, #11! Larry Adler was a phenomenon worldwide and he took Australia by storm when he toured in the late 1930's. He was even a good mate of our Don Bradman. Here's some sound advice from the little master and a few caricatures to boot. Ch SD PS: … Continue reading Larry’s Lesson-NFSCD #11
My favourite harp player and favourite band. Rest In Peace Steve thanks for your everlasting harmonica. Thoughts and prayers with his band mates and condolences to his family and friends. Shep slàinte 🥃🥃 PS: There's more on Steve in a previous article titled Man From Earth.